There is an air of confidence about the bouquet on the 2004 Pintia, with scents of dark cherry, Indian ink, wild strawberry and a touch of raspberry preserve, all with fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet core of red berry fruit. The tannins are strong and quite robust, although it is counterbalanced by plenty of fresh red fruit mingling with dried herbs, white pepper and a touch of sage. There is a touch of astringency on the finish, but otherwise this powerful Pintia should age over several more years.
Author: Neal Martin
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93
($65) Saturated ruby. Intensely perfumed, expansive aromas of dark berries, kirsch, oak spices and mocha, with a suave mineral undercurrent. Rich, focused dark berry and cherry flavors are framed by strong but harmonious tannins and complicated by notes of dark chocolate, candied violet and vanilla bean. Lush and sweet on the impressively sappy, long finish. Although I'm confident that this will age well, it's mighty delicious now. (Europvin USA, Oakland, CA)
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: July/August 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 87
Ripe black fruit and good extract in this chewy red. Muscular, chewy tannins and charry oak notes give it a rustic edge. Has stuffing; may improve.
Author: Thomas Matthews
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19
Very dark purplish crimson. Very well integrated and savoury. It?s almost sitting in an armchair at its club. Lovely and unctuous - wonderful texture - and none of the heat and obvious sweetness of many Toros. Bravissimo! Dry finish. A lovely drink by any standards.
Breathtaking nose of rose petals, blue berries and cassis fruits. Amazing density and great texture in mouth. Well concentrated and silky tannins. Lasted more than 3+ hours in the decanter and grossly outperformed Leoville Las Cases 2002.
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Self | Rating: 94
Excellent! Just started to open and smoothing the tannins. Long life ahead